Virat Kohli Recalls World Cup 2011 moments, Says “Probably Didn’t Understand”

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With less than two months before World Cup 2023, India has started its preparation for the home tournament where Virat Kohli recalls the winning moments of the World Cup 2011 under MS Dhoni.

Virat Kohli recalls World Cup 2011 moments

Virat Kohli one of the greatest batters of this era, recalls the memories of the World Cup 2011, where India made one of its greatest moments in history.

The former India Skipper Virat Kohli had numerous records and filled his cabinet with full of trophies as he won almost everything in the world of international cricket. With India hosting the World Cup, Kohli has landed his eyes again on the trophy with the Indian side. Known as the successor of Sachin, Virat has stepped into his 16th year in international cricket.

As India is preparing for the World Cup, Virat Kohli still has lots of memories of his 15-year cricket journey. Kohli said that winning the 2011 World Cup still remains the biggest achievement in his career.

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“My career highlight is obviously winning the World Cup in 2011. I was 23 at the time, and I probably didn’t understand the magnitude of it. But now at 34, and has played many World Cups, which we haven’t been able to win, So, I understand the emotions of all the senior players (in 2011).”

“All the more for Sachin Tendulkar, as it was his last World Cup. He had already played many World Cups by then and to win it in Mumbai, his hometown, was very special for him. I mean, it was stuff from dreams,” Kohli said.

Recalling the victory under Dhoni’s captaincy Kohli said that players were under pressure during the World Cup 2011.

Kohli had scored 282 runs which included a century and a fifty in his first World Cup appearence in 2011. He made a crucial 34 runs in the finals where India beat Sri Lanka in World Cup 2011 at Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai. It was the second time India acquired the World Cup trophy.

“I remember the amount of pressure there was on all the players when we were travelling, Thankfully, there were no social media back then. It would have been a nightmare, honestly. But through the airports, it was always just one thing — we needed to win the Cup.”

“The senior players were always under the pump and had to handle all that pressure. It was just brilliant. And that night (after the WC win) in itself was something magical,” Kohli concluded.

Completing the Asia Cup, India will be playing a three-match ODI series against Australia and an ODI match against England and Netherlands.

India will be having their first match of the World Cup 2023 against Australia on October 8 at MA Chidambaram Stadium.